Current Research 

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I obtained my Bachelor degree at the University of Bern in 2013. I investigated effects of early life experiences, such as separation from the parents and egg-predator presence in the cooperative breeding cichlid Neolamprologus pulcher.  In 2014 I joined the Community Ecology group, still at the University of Bern. During my thesis I investigated night time pollinator communities in seminatural landscapes. My work ended in early 2016 when I received my Master degree. My current research deals with depopulation in end of lay hens. I intend to identify sources of injuries and stress for the hens as well as for the catchers conducting the depopulation. In a second step I will try optimize the process in order to increase animal welfare and working conditions for the people involved. 


Knop, E., Gerpe, C., Ryser, R., Hofmann, F., Menz, M. H. M., Trösch, S., Ursenbacher, S., Zoller, L. and Fontaine, C. (2017), Rush hours in flower visitors over a day–night cycle. Insect Conserv Divers. doi:10.1111/icad.12277

Knop, E., Zoller, L., Ryser, R., Gerpe, C., Hörler, M., & Fontaine, C. (2017). Artificial light at night as a new threat to pollination. Nature548(7666), 206–209.